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February 9, 2010 5:36:40 PM

Boot up computer, on first screen where you get manufacture icon, f10 setup choice etc, this screen looks correct! Go into setup all letters and numbers correct! exit and continue without hard drive detached to cause the boot error. The lettering is incorrect, only some letters are effected and in every case the letter that is suppose to be there is two letters back. Example PRESS IS PREQS.
Another test sample was memtest86 self boot disk run, memory tested fine all passes but the lettering was the same way 2 off S shows as R and same with some others but always 2 letters off. I beleive it is not the video card because the screen comes up perfect during the manufacture screen. I disconected HD so I know it not to be that. Motherboard or CPU not sure which would do this letter change. Memory tested fine Motherboard m2n68-la
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February 9, 2010 6:04:38 PM

I doubt it is the CPU... Not sure what issue you are having... Have you flashed the Bios by any chance?
February 9, 2010 6:09:16 PM

OvrClkr said:
I doubt it is the CPU... Not sure what issue you are having... Have you flashed the Bios by any chance?


I had the system up and running but it shut down and now cant even get in to reload windows, it will only let me into restore screen but wont let me restore system through repair. Results is I cant do anything to the bios that I know of without os system. The main issue I am concerned with right now is the incorrect letters I refered too. What ever is causing this is causing everything else after system boot is done
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February 9, 2010 6:40:50 PM

The Bios and the OS are two different things, you will always be able to access the Bios regardless unless your board is faulty.

Have you tried formatting the drive?
February 9, 2010 6:53:05 PM

OvrClkr said:
The Bios and the OS are two different things, you will always be able to access the Bios regardless unless your board is faulty.

Have you tried formatting the drive?


Yes I have on the partition, the factory image is on the other partition so I cant format that, sister didnt get recovery disks. The problem I am trying to resolve is not in os system. It occurs with HD disconnected completely, its the lettering on display im addressing
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February 9, 2010 6:55:56 PM

Well it seems that your drive has a currupt file and normally this means you need to do a clean install (wipe EVERYTHING)
February 9, 2010 7:05:20 PM

I know you mean well and I thank you for your attempt to help but you have missed the point the OS is not the real issue, its before the boot of OS system. Besides if I wiped EVERYTHING, the OS would be gone and no way to install it without software

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February 9, 2010 7:10:44 PM

That is why I asked you if you have updated the Bios... Once you update the Bios you should see the PRESS and any other abnormal lettering corrected.
February 9, 2010 9:17:10 PM

OvrClkr said:
That is why I asked you if you have updated the Bios... Once you update the Bios you should see the PRESS and any other abnormal lettering corrected.



I dont know of anyway to update the bios with an OS the factory image is all thats left and cant access it?
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February 10, 2010 12:41:32 AM

deanblough said:
I dont know of anyway to update the bios with an OS the factory image is all thats left and cant access it?


You need to read a bit, its not as hard as you think ;)  , updating the Bios has nothing to do with the OS. If the OS is fine, once you update the Bios all your headaches will dissapear..

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1605

let me know if you have any questions :) 
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February 10, 2010 12:42:10 AM

deanblough said:
I dont know of anyway to update the bios with an OS the factory image is all thats left and cant access it?


Have you tried running a memory test?

It could also be a faulty video card, if possible, after doing a memory test and all checks out, maybe try the video card in another PC if you have access to one.

I would try either of these first if you are not comfortable updating BIOS, which it sounds like.

You do not need an OS to update your BIOS, you can most likely update the BIOS from a bootable USB drive, check the manufacturers site for a BIOS update application and BIOS file.
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